One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Partly digested food returned from the first stomach of ruminants to the mouth for further chewing.
quid, twist, plug, chewView synonyms
- ‘And I could only stare, my mouth hung open dumbly like a cow gumming its cud.’
- ‘They're feasting on some of the best cud for miles.’
- ‘She had come here to reject William and instead she was daydreaming about Arthur and watching with a growing sense of repulsion as William chewed incessantly, like a cow with a mouthful of cud.’
Old English cwidu, cudu, of Germanic origin; related to German Kitt ‘cement, putty’ and Swedish kåda ‘resin’.
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